The '''Native Sons of the Golden West''' is a fraternal service organization
founded in 1875, limited to native born California
ns and dedicated to historic preservation, documentation of historic structures and places in the state, the placement of historic plaques and other charitable functions within California. In 1890 they placed the first historical marker in the state to honor the discovery of gold which gave rise to the state nickname "Golden State" and "Golden West." Former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon
and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren
were both past presidents of the NSGW.